Last week we talked about in-state recruiting in the state of Virginia from 1998 through 2005. Today we’ll focus on 2007 through the present.
As noted in last week’s article, 2006 was a very important year in Virginia. 13 of the top 15 prospects went out-of-state, whereas 13 of the top 15 prospects had stayed in-state in the previous recruiting class. Tech and UVA recovered somewhat after 2006, and though the numbers aren’t nearly as out of whack as some on the recruiting board will lead you to believe, things aren’t quite the same as they were before 2006, either.
Once we’re done looking at the year-by-year numbers, we’ll focus on a few topics. Remember, these rankings come from Rivals.com.
Virginia Tech and UVA rallied from the disastrous in-state strikeout in 2006 to keep the majority of top 15 recruits in Virginia in 2007.
The Hokies signed the #1 recruit in the state that year – Tyrod Taylor. That was a very important thing for the program at the time. Not only did Taylor go on to be a great player, but it showed that the 2006 class wasn’t necessarily a sign of things to come.
The five players who left the state were Jamar Jackson, Jay Smith, Andrew Nuss, Bradley Starks and Brian Linthicum. There weren’t any huge losses in that group.
The Hokies managed to get a third of the top 15 talent in 2008, but finally the Al Groh era began to take its toll on UVA.
The Hokies signed five of the top 15 players in the state, including two of the top five, Ryan Williams and Vinston Painter (four out of the top five, if you go with TSL’s rankings instead of Rivals). However, the only top 15 recruit to sign with UVA was defensive tackle Buddy Ruff. Al Groh had spent the better part of the decade alienating too many people around the state, and things were starting to catch up with him in 2008.
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